Your child has been named the new EPA Director. Now it's time to save the planet!

Green Power!

In this debate and social studies program offered to 5th-8th graders, students discover that they have just been named the new Director of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)! As they are briefed on clean water laws, pollution, car pool lanes, endangered species, overpopulation and other environmental issues, students will begin to prepare a report and presentation to the President, outlining the EPA's new policy in each area.

Debating skills will also be featured in Green Power!, as students debate each environmental issue alternating between arguing their own point of view and being asked to represent a given stance. They will also receive "reports from the field," fictitious letters from citizens in which challenging environmental problems are raised for the consideration of the EPA Director (for instance, there is an endangered species living where a $100 million factory is going to be constructed. Should construction be halted?)  Our students will be challenged to think critically and creatively in this informative and contemporary class. 

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Click below to view portions of the teacher's Green Power lesson plan as well as some of the guiding project sheets that the students use in the class.
Click below to download an example of a powerpoint your child will see. This presentation introduces our students to some of the environmental issues they will have to consider as they become EPA Director.
As the students consider electric grids, they will see this video about how electrical power gets to residences. See an example below...
In this class, students will:
  • Serve as the EPA Director for a fictional president and make decisions on key environmental issues
  • Learn about the history of pollution, endangered species and recycling in the United States and around the world 
  • Create an advertising campaign to encourage more drivers to use public transportation
  • Create an environmental plan for a city, including garbage, travel, electricity and recycling services
  • Learn about the electrical grid and how it delivers energy to homes and businesses
  • Learn about the celebration of Earth Day 
  • Devise a personal plan for how they can help the environment in their own life
  • Give a presentation to the "president" outlining a plan for the next 4 years of the EPA

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